Archive for Sunday, April 5, 1998


April 5, 1998


Commerce Title LLC has been established in the Free State Business Center, 1201 Wakarusa Drive, Suite C-1. President Paul Pendry, a veteran of real estate sales and building, said the company would act as agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. Renee Proffitt, senior vice president, will manage the closing department. Daryl Schlesselman is vice president and manager of the title department. Amelia Gerrity is office manager.

Brilla Highfill Scott has been named executive director of United School Administrators of Kansas in Topeka, which represents 2,000 members in nine associations. A former principal of West Junior High School in Lawrence, Scott was promoted from her position as associate executive director, a position she held since 1985. She lives in Lawrence.

  • Jim Edwards has been promoted to vice president of external affairs of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Topeka. He had been director of Chamber and Association relations.

  • William R. Sampson, Bill J. Hays and Paul W. Rebein of the Kansas City-based law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon have co-authored ``Kansas Trial Handbook,'' the first treatise on trial practice for Kansas lawyers. Sampson is a Lawrence resident and a graduate of Kansas University's School of Law, where he has been adjunct professor. Hays is also a Lawrence resident and graduate of the KU law school. Rebein is a graduate of the KU law school.

Awards and honors

Gary D. Rappard was recently selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Law. The 1981 graduate of Kansas University School of Law also was recently awarded the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, a rating service. Rappard lives in Shawnee and has his own practice in Kansas City.

  • Harold Pearce, a Lawrence certified financial planner, was one of more than 700 Investment Management & Research Inc. financial advisers to attend the company's national conference in San Diego. Pearce was recognized as a member of the firm's executive council.

  • Dan Cary, a personal financial advisor with the Topeka-area office of American Express Financial Advisors Inc., has been appointed to the company Advanced Advisor Group -- Personal Financial Advisors. Cary, a Lawrence resident and graduate of Kansas University, also recently completed the CFP Education Program at the College for Financial Planning in Denver.

  • The Lawrence Assn. of Life Underwriters was the recipient of the 1997 Membership Excellence Silver Award. The award recognizes associations that achieve 100 percent of their membership objective. These individual members received the National Sales Achievement Award: Kermit Cottrell, Charles Mcpheeters, Dave Mattern, Joe Jones and Dale Pearson. Cottrell also received the National Multi-Line Sales Achievement Award.

Coming events

Attitudes, a custom hair salon at 201 W. Eighth St., will be opened with a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Standard Beverage Corp. will break ground for its new 90,000-square-foot warehouse expansion at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The expansion, the second in three years, will make the facility to more than 200,000 square feet. Standard Beverage is at 2300 Lakeview Rd.

  • The Fourth Annual Youth Summer Jobs & Activities Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. The event is designed to match employers with youth employees for summer jobs and other activities. The deadline for exhibitors at the fair is April 10. For more information, call the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce at (785) 865-4411.

  • Eggs & Issues, a forum on state legislative issues, is set for 8 a.m. April 25 at the Lawrence Holidome. Tickets for the breakfast session, the last of this legislative session, are $8 and are available by contacting the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce at (785) 865-4411.

Conventions, meetings

Here's a look at events scheduled in the Lawrence area along with number of attendees and estimated revenue generated:

  • Men's Western Collegiate Rugby Championship, April 4-5, 450, $61,085.
  • Women's Colorado Olde WRFC Rugby, April 4-5, 25, $1,764.
  • Kansas Water & Environment Assn., April 6-9, 400, $54,298.
  • Indian Writing Conference, April 9-11, 125, $16,968.
  • M.A.R.N.A. Conference, April 9-11, 500, $67,873.
  • Sport 2 Sport USAV Volleyball Tournament, April 11-12, 350.
  • Associated Wholesale Grocers Conference, April 12-16, 150, $30,542.
  • Kansas Bankers Assn. Conference, April 13-14, 250, $33,936.
  • Maupintour Presidents Council Convention, April 14-15, 75, $10,180.
  • Respiratory Care Society, April 15-17, 250, $33,936.
  • Society of Hispanic Engineers, April 16-17, 25, $1,764.
  • Scholastic Press Conference, April 17, 100, $13,574.
  • Sport 2 Sport Baseball Tournament, April 17-19, 450.
  • United Church of Christ Conference, April 17-18, 40, $5,429.
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon 75th Anniversary, April 17-18, 300, $40,723.
  • Women's Western Collegiate Rugby, April 18-19, 300, $40,723.

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